Braves Cut Lopez, Then He Retires

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Saturday March 22, 2008
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Javy Lopez decided to retire today after
being reassigned to the Atlanta Braves' minor league camp. Jo-Jo Reyes and Brandon Jones were optioned to Triple-A Richmond as the Braves reduced their roster by seven.

The 37-year-old Lopez decided to retire instead of accepting the
assignment to the minors. The three-time All-Star catcher hit only
.188 this spring in his attempt to become Brian McCann's backup.

Lopez did NOT play last season after he was cut by the Colorado
Rockies last spring. He signed a minor league deal in December with Atlanta, where he played from 1992-2003.

Bobby Cox says he hoped Lopez would continue his comeback in the
minors and -- quote -- "get some at-bats and see what happens." Lopez said he feels good but was not satisfied with his hitting
and his inability to throw out baserunners. Lopez hit a couple of balls hard and was 1-for-5 as the designated hitter against Cleveland on Friday. He drove in a run with a first-inning single off C-C Sabathia.

Lopez is a career .287 hitter with 260 home runs and 864 RBIs.
He was an All-Star with the Braves in 1997, 1998 and 2003.
Lopez signed with Baltimore in 2004. He spent part of the 2006
season with Boston.